Details of the 'Indy Challenge'
Over the course of the 2016 season, seven selected United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget races will form the inaugural Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group’s “Indy Challenge.” This series of races within races affords unprecedented career opportunities to USAC short track racers - the possibility to race at the “Greatest Race Course in the World” – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd created a unique format for the “Indy Challenge” which uses seven races in USAC’s National and Western Midget series serving as the stepping stone to the ultimate prize.
“On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge,” said Jonathan. “We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy.”
Five victories in the seven-race slate will earn the winning driver a seat in the 2017 ‘Freedom 100’ Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC midget events will earn the driver entry into all the 2017 Indy Lights oval races and a ride for the 2018 Indianapolis ‘500.’
The “Indy Challenge” includes seven premier midget car races on USAC’s 2016 racing calendar, starting with the June 4 Indiana Midget Week race at Lawrenceburg (Indiana) Speedway with race two being the final night of the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals on August 6.
Subsequent races are the August 17 “Eastern Invasion” race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania., and the “Louie Vermeil Classic” Western Midget race at Calistoga (California) Speedway held Labor Day weekend September 3 and 4 2016.
The final three races will be the “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 24, the “Gold Grown Midget Nationals” finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on October 8 and will conclude with the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura (California) Raceway November 24, 2016.
Information for this article provided by the United States Auto Club